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60 seconds with Palmers Print

Palmers Print is a family company established in 1977 and now run by brothers Michael and Peter Healey. The firm stopped manufacturing in 2011 to concentrate solely on print management, although it still makes its own proofs and plates.

60 seconds with Brilliant Media

Brilliant Media was established by Simon Tabelin 14 years ago and has grown year-on-year ever since. This has primarily been a result of Simon’s obsession with making sure that whatever the firm does “it has to be brilliant”.

60 seconds with Kaizen Print

Kaizen Print was formed five years ago, in a bedroom in Connor McAuley’s house. It was born from a passion for print, design, customer service and marketing. In 2011 his brother Martin joined the business as a partner and since then it has grown significantly.

60-seconds with Carillion Print

Carillion Print has been providing Bristol and beyond with high-quality screen printed and embroidered garments for over 22 years. The firm’s ethos is built around providing a top-quality service and delivering a top-quality product.

60-seconds with Octink

The firm was founded in 1962 as Allsignsgroup, supplying signage to the oil industry before developing a specialism in the construction sector. A re-brand to Octink in 2009, using the image of an octopus to signify intelligent thinking, boldness and adaptability, reinforced the company’s new direction. The firm has just revamped its website, “reflecting our future potential in a very clear way!”

Success with fabric may be cut from a different cloth

Fabric is both a synonym for textiles and the word for discussing the very essence of stuff. So it’s something of a paradox that in all the talk of printing textiles, the materials themselves are often overlooked in favour of the printing technologies employed.

Textile machines toughen up for harder work

That dye-sublimation is an excellent process for many types of textile application is widely accepted wisdom in fabric printing circles. Increasingly it is becoming widely accepted among general wide-format printers too.

WF sector plays catch-up in web-to-print stakes

It is a truism that wide-format printers lag behind their commercial counterparts in the adoption of productivity software, such as workflow, colour management and MIS. And the same seems true with web-to-print software too.

Fashion favours the personal approach

Imagine changing your home decor as often as you buy new clothes and upgrade your phone. Chances are you won’t be finding this too much of a stretch – or at least you won’t be finding the idea as alien and extravagant as previous generations no doubt would have done.

Transporting files takes off with latest workflows

That’s the trouble with doing well. Excel at making some decent margins from a certain area of print, and it inevitably won’t be long before others are jumping on the bandwagon – and in the case of wide-format print, offering to wrap it too.

60-seconds with Oasis Graphic

Oasis Graphic started out in 1988, based out of a lockup in Hillingdon. The firm’s client list, staff numbers and equipment soon outgrew those premises as the business branched out from exhibition graphics into new areas that involve “creating branded environments”.

60-seconds with: Awesome Merchandise

Awesome Merchandise started back in 2005 in founder Luke Hodson’s bedroom. “We were 19 and hoped to earn some pocket money by making pin badges. Armed with £300 and one of those Lexmark printers you get free with a PC, we set out on our quest for awesomeness.”

One-shot wonders zero in on bullseye

Will digital printing technology ever truly dominate the industry? It’s a question never far from the minds of printers and the titles of exhibition seminar schedules. But it is one which is generally accepted to be more contentious and sensational than its answer of ‘maybe, but probably not’.

The writing is on the wall for unsafe sign installations

It’s a situation so horrendous it hardly bears thinking about. Just over a year ago, a man was killed in Camden by a falling shop front hoarding. Without even taking into account the sizeable fines likely to be imposed should the sign installer be found culpable, such loss of life is of course every sign owner and sign installer’s worst nightmare.

Screen time is not just a passing fad

That’s the problem with a trend. By its very nature it’s an obsession with the very latest new thing. Great while it lasts, there’s also the inevitable moment when you question why you ever thought wearing dungarees and a backwards cap, or filling your house floor to ceiling with ironic taxidermy, was the only way to go.

Interview: ‘Post recession, it’s all about expansion’

With more than 30 years in the printing industry under her belt, Fastsigns chief executive Catherine Monson is steeped in both print and the franchise model. She took over at Fastsigns five years ago, when founder co-founder Gary Salomon retired, which meant that she arrived in the midst of the global financial crisis. But with the worst behind us her focus now is on growing the $325m (£200m), 545-centre Fastsigns network.

Printers profit from the time of the signs

Big data is big business. And it plays a big role in modern society. Algorithms that analyse this data run our everyday lives, helping us to make decisions and sometimes making decisions for us.

On the road: printers present their transports of delight

White van man is something of a ubiquitous feature of roads up and down the UK. The epithet conjures up images of a filthy old Transit with a dashboard littered with yellowing copies of The Sun, disregarded parking tickets and previously enjoyed fast-food packaging. Oh, and likely enough there'll be a rude message scrawled in the grime on the back.

The future's bright

LED technology is developing fast and is now an option in a number of applications that could previously only be handled by arc lamps - a trend that is set to continue. So is it time to ditch the mercury?

Me & my: SwissQprint Nyala

"I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I don't part with money easily at all." So says James Dixon, managing director of Halifax-based display and merchandising specialist Retail Services Group.

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